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Specific Learning Disorder Diagnostic Assessment (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia) for all ages


A comprehensive assessment focused on difficulties in learning or reaching academic goals. Better understand the reasons for these challenges, the factors that might be impacting learning, and how to be best supported.


Where appropriate, receive a formal SLD diagnosis. Specific learning disorders may be Dyslexia or problems with reading, Dyscalculia or problems with mathematical calculations, and/or Dysgraphia or problems with spelling and writing.


Following assessment, we will provide comprehensive support recommendations based on our findings. A diagnosis of SLD can also be extremely valuable in educational contexts for providing an individual with additional supports, time, and resources for completing assessment tasks.

When to test for a Specific learning disorder?

We test for Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) across the lifespan, starting from age 6 through to adulthood. These include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and/or Dysgraphia. It may be useful to test for a specific learning disorder if the individual in question is:

  • Having difficulty reaching educational goals
  • Bored or disengaged academically
  • Struggling to keep up with academic tasks
  • Showing considerable difficulty in areas of literacy  or numeracy
  • Behaviourally disruptive in class

What does SLD Assessment Involve?

Academic Achievement Testing (WIATT-III)

A diagnosis of a specific Learning Disorder requires comprehensive academic achievement testing, specifically aimed at evaluating key academic areas (reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, oral language) in comparison to population averages. This is a validated diagnostic tool, and different to assessments taken at school. This will also help to establish both academic strengths and weaknesses.

Intellectual Ability (IQ) and Functioning Assessment (WISC-V/WAIS-IV)

A second important component of the assessment process is to assess cognitive functioning and how this relates to academic achievement. This assessment will also identify areas of strength and weakness.

Additional screening tools

Other areas that benefit from screening at the time of assessment include emotional and mental health functioning, adaptive behavioural functioning, hyperactivity and/or inattention, and executive functioning. A series of questionnaires will be sent to parents/guardians and teachers for collateral information.

How many appointments are required?

Session One

Intake Session with Adult Client/Parent/Guardian (1 hour)

Session Two

Rapport building and assessment session 1 (approximately 2 hours)

Session Three

Assessment session 2 (approximately 1- 3 hours)

Session Four

Feedback Session with Adult Client/Parent/Guardian (1 hour)

*In some rare instances, additional time may be required during rapport building, testing, or feedback phases for more complex cases. 

Written Report

You will receive a comprehensive written report based on our clinician’s findings. Compiling collateral information as well as assessment scoring, interpretation, and report writing is a time intensive process. Our psychologist requires up to three weeks to complete your assessment report.

Fees and Rebates

At the Psychology Education and Family Centre, we believe in providing affordable services for our clients. The current Australian Psychological Society’s Recommended Fee for seeing a Clinical Psychologist is $300 per 46-60mins.

Our Clinical Psychologist’s assessment fee is $214.41 per hour (50 minute session + 10 minutes administrative time). 

The cost of assessment will include all of your face-to-face appointments, assessment scoring, interpretation, report writing hours, a comprehensive personalised report, as well as time spent liaising with school and health professionals where required.

How much will an SLD assessment cost?

Your assessment cost will be based on approximately 10 billable clinician hours (inclusive of all face to face sessions, collateral gathering, scoring, interpretation, and report writing). 

You will be provided with a formal quote following your initial intake session.

What is the process for payment? 

You will be requested to pay a non-refundable deposit of $214.41 at the time of booking, to secure your appointment. This will be deducted from the cost of your services. Following your initial intake assessment, a quote will be provided for the total amount of your full assessment. If you wish to proceed, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be charged prior to our first assessment session. A final invoice for the remaining payment will be issued following the assessment session(s) before receiving your report. Reports will not be provided until full payment is made.

Do I need a referral to see a psychologist for a SLD assessment? 

No, you will see a psychologist as a privately paying client.

*Medicare Rebates do not apply to SLD assessments.

*Most private health insurance policies with ‘extras’ cover will offer varied rebates on psychology fees. Please contact your provider for further information. The Private Health Code For Assessment is 100


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